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Rum and Cinnamon French Toast

January has decided to bring with it some unexpected cooler weather… January is one of the HOTTEST months of the wear for those of us in Kenya. It is one of the reasons it is one of my favorite months of the year too for that same reason!! I flourish in my shorts and minis. I love how light floods into the house. I love that I do not quite need a sweater at night. I miss that kind of January and I hope February serves the heat it always has since I was born!

But whether it is sunny or rainy, one thing that is for sure is my cinnamon and rum french toast goes well with all kinds of weather, all year round. So whether you are experiencing the real winter, or a warmer January, this recipe will take you through all the year round!

I made a dope vid to accompany the blog post. Do watch below, and subscribe!



1.5 cup of mala
3 eggs
4 tablespoons of rum
4 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of iliki
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of ginger spice
Dash of salt


Add all the ingredients in a bowl beginning with the mala, eggs and vanilla extract. Make sure your mala is at room temparature. We use mala because of its high fat content will give you really soft, luxuriosly moist french toast. You can use plain yogurt or heavy cream in place of mala or other alternatives i mentioned in the video.

Proceed to add the warm spices along with the rum and the brown sugar. I explained in the video why the brown sugar is so important for this so make sure you watch.

Whisk until completely smooth and combined. Dip your bread in this mixture and proceed to cook your toast on a buttered pan. The best bread to use for this recipe is brioche, but because it is expensive and I aint got time for that, I went with kawaida sliced bread.

Use any pan, butter it well and let them cook until golden brown on each side.

Once done, plate your beautiful cinnamon and rum french toast, dust some icing sugar over them, toss some fresh berries on them and then serve with some really hot hot chai or kahawa.

I love how the warmth of the warm spices really came though! They ted in so well with the warmth of the ginger. I loved how the very mild booziness of the rum elevated this from 0 to 100 and how super soft and moist the french toast were as a result of the mala. Perfect! Perfect! Perfect!

This would be delightful for brunch, perfect for a slow early breakfast too and equally befitting for the most delicious chai ya saa kumi!


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  1. Marta

    In the Puerto Rican culture we make a drink with coconut, cinnamon and rum and this reminds me so much of it. I bet this tastes amazing!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Oh that sounds totally divine!! I will definitely try this out!

  2. Desirée

    Yum! This sounds like the perfect combination!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      It really is!!

  3. Jayne Rain

    This is my kind of toast. Look amazing; I wish I could eat it through my screen.

    • kaluhiskitchen


  4. Aly Michell

    This is such a great idea! Now I am craving french toast – time to throw it down in the kitchen!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Do the deed boo!! Enjoy!

  5. Mila

    Girl this looks incredible! That little bit of char on that french toast? YUMMY!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Totally unforgettable!

  6. Calysta

    This looks amazing! I never thought of using iliki in French toast! Yummmm! I can’t wait to make this!!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Best warm spice!! You will love this!

  7. Katrina Adams

    French Toast is a family favorite and I can’t wait to try this upgrade!! Yummy!!

    • kaluhiskitchen


  8. LaKita

    This looks so delicious! The perfect weekend brunch recipe for me.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      It really does scream brunch!! You will enjoy this one!

  9. Jazz

    Rum is the perfect addition to French toast. This looks delicious!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      It is so scrumptious!

  10. Glad

    This looks so delicious Kaluhi!! However, can one leave out the rum?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      No. You cannot remove a main ingredient

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